WILTSHIRE HISTORIC CHURCHES TRUST exists to help places of Christian worship of all denominations with repair, maintenance and improvement costs. All projects must demonstrate need and a well thought-out approach backed up by good advice and having the necessary permissions.

The next Trust meeting to consider Applications for Grants is on 4th November 2017. Applications must be submitted by email by 1st October 2017; see the guidance below.

Who can apply?

Any place of Christian worship within the historic bounds of Wiltshire, to include Swindon.

Does my place of worship have to be a subscriber to the Trust?

No, but the Trustees ask if applicants have supported ‘Ride & Stride.’ Conditions are attached when grants are awarded requiring beneficiaries to display a poster and continue to support the work of the Trust. Individual memberships of the Friends of Wiltshire Churches are also encouraged.

Is my project eligible for a grant? Check the table of eligible repairs and enhancements here Eligibility For Grants 

Email the Hon Sec  at if you have any questions on the eligibility of your church or the application process.

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The Trust is in the National Churches Trust Partnership Programme, which provides additional funds for essential repairs and enhancements to Wiltshire churches. Your application will be considered initially for a Trust grant and may also be considered and recommended by our Trustees for a National Churches Trust Partnership grant. 

How do I make an application?

Download the application form and save it to your hard-drive. Open the form from your hard drive. The application form is inter-active. Complete the form by typing directly into each answer box (the startpoint, type font and maximum number of characters are preset for you – any words typed beyond the set limit for each box will not be saved or printed. When you have completed the form, save it and then email it to before the latest deadline for submission (1st May for the June meeting and 1st October for the November meeting).

Download whct-grant-application-form

What happens next? When the completed application form is received a copy will go to a local representative. They will contact you to arrange a visit so that they can report to the next meeting of Trustees. The Hon Sec and representatives may also be able to offer advice on other sources of funding.

How often and when does the Grants Committee meet?

The Trustees meet twice a year in June and November together with Deanery and Denominational representatives. It may be possible to make interim discretionary grants for urgent cases only by exception between the meetings; the Hon Sec can advise. .

How long before each meeting do I need to apply?

In order for visits to be arranged, made and reports prepared applicants should submit completed forms well before, and at the very latest by 1st  May or 1st October.

When will I know the decision taken at the meeting?

Usually applicants receive the decision within two days of the meeting, followed by a confirmatory letter.

When will we actually receive the grant

Grants are paid by cheque by the Treasurer once receipted bills have been presented for a sum in excess of the grant awarded. Grants unclaimed for two years lapse, unless there are extenuating circumstances.

 The Trust made grants to 34 churches in 2015 and 30 churches in 2016

Grants are listed below the pictures, which show a few of the Wiltshire church projects that have benefited from our grants. The list of grants includes those made within the National Churches Trust Partnership Programme 




St Peter, Stourton Church roof replacement 2000
Christ Church, Shaw Spire, roofs and drainage 4000
St Andrew, Newton Toney Spire and roofs 2000
St George, Preshute Tower roof 2000
St John, West Grimstead Tower roof 2000
St Mary, Rodbourne Cheney Tower, roof and drainage 2000
St Peter, Milton Lilbourne Tower repair 1500
St Andrew, Collingbourne Ducis Tower mullion 1000
St Nicholas, Baydon Vestry roof 1500
St Giles, Tytherton Kellaways Cupola repair 2000
St Peter ad Vincula, Broad Hinton Nave roof 2000
All Saints, Oaksey 15th Century Wall Paintings 4000
St Christopher, Ditteridge Historic stained glass window 500
St Augustine, Upton Lovell Reventilate nave, wiring and damp proofing 2000
Station Hill Baptist, Chippenham Disabled and Pushchair access 2500
St Michael and All Angels, Hilperton Heating 2500
St John, Upper Studley Electrical/fire safety 1000
Holy Cross, Chiseldon with Draycott Foliat Internal Wall repairs 4000


St John the Baptist, Berwick St John Chancel roof 4000
Abbey of St Mary and St Melor, Amesbury Nave roof 3000
Christ Church, Swindon Roof 3000
Holy Trinity, Bowerchalke Roof, gutters 3000
Christ Church, Bradford on Avon Chancel roof 4000
St Mary, East Knoyle Tower 2000
Christchurch, Worton and Marston Cupola 1500
St Michael and All Angels, Shalbourne Nave wall 1000
St Andrew, Donhead St Andrew Nave floor 1000
Union Chapel, Kington Langley Toilet 2000
St James, South Wraxall Stained glass windows 1000
St Mary, Redlynch Historic clock 1000
Holy Trinity, Tidworth Guttering 2000
St Andrews, Collingbourne Ducis Rainwater goods 1500

Grants awarded June 2016


St Mark’s, Swindon Repair of tower and stonework 5000 + 5000 NCT Partnership Grant
St Peter & St Paul, Great Somerford Re-roofing nave and chancel 2000
Holy Cross, Ashton Keynes Re-roof tower and nave 2000
St Andrew, Castle Combe Re-roofing 2500 + 2500 NCT Partnership Grant
St Thomas, Trowbridge Roof, drainage and weatherproofing 2500
St Denys, Warminster External and internal stonework repairs 2500 + 2500 NCT Partnership Grant
St Peters, Lordsmead, Chippenham Weatherproofing spire and flashings over brickwork 1000
St.Philip & St.James Neston Restoration of porch cross 200
All Saints, The Leigh Reinstatement of door 1000
All Saints, Wardour Reinstatement of doors 1000
All Saints, Swindon Replace ceiling tiles 2000
St Thomas a Becket, Box Kitchen and toilet 2000
Holy Trinity, Calne Toilet and drainage 2000
St Mary, Purton Electrical safety 450
St Andrew, Blunsdon Churchyard wall repairs 1000
St James The Great, Bratton Historic organ conservation and restoration 1000